#Aliens abound as Americans report record #UFO sightings 70 years after Roswell – an annotated infographic

March 14, 2017

The 1947 Roswell UFO incident took place 70 years ago this year.

Initially reported as a crashed weather balloon, it was later confirmed as a military surveillance balloon, but conspiracy theories of alien spacecraft persist and reports of UFO sightings have soared in recent years – peaking in 2014 with 8,621 reports.

The truth is still out there.

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India’s AMCA stealth fighter – an annotated infographic

March 14, 2017

Preliminary design of India’s proposed Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will begin in March, with a target of flying the aircraft in 2024 and making it ready for service as early as 2030. The twin-engine stealth warplane will likely feature an upgraded version of the General Electric F414 powerplant.

The AMCA is aimed at replacing much smaller ground attack jets such as the Mirage-2000, Jaguar and Mig-27. Russian technology includes Sukhoi stealth, active electronically scanned array or AESA radar and three-dimensional thrust vectoring for the AMCA’s engines.

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#Formula1 #F1 2017 new rules – bigger, faster, more – an annotated infographic

March 10, 2017

New rules introduced for the 2017 Formula One season will bring the biggest changes to the cars in almost two decades, with revised aerodynamics and improved grip leading to faster racing.

The Formula One World Championship commences with the Australian GP in March and concludes in Abu Dhabi in November.

The new rules focus on bodywork changes which increase aerodynamic grip, the downforce, and new tyres which provide greater mechanical grip.

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formula 1 2017 new rules

Africa’s Kariba Dam at risk of collapse – an annotated infographic

March 10, 2017

Work is underway to repair the Kariba Dam between Zambia and Zimbabwe, which is at risk of collapse due to eroding foundations.

Many problems are facing French engineering firm Razel-Bec, which is repairing the dam. The dam was first opened in 1959 and is holding back 180 billion cubic metres of water. We’d better hope the fix holds, eh?

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IET events this March – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

March 1, 2017



There’s something for everyone this month, with lectures, technical visits, career workshops, social gatherings and competitions.

With spring just round the corner, why not make the most of the lengthening days and head along to an IET event one evening? LN diaries around the world are filling up with events – this month you’ll find things taking place from Australia and Cyprus through to Hong Kong and Israel!

During March several Lifeskills workshops are taking place across the UK, where you can improve your presentation skills and tidy up your CV, then more local heats are underway for the IET’s Present Around The World competition.

You may also be interested in some networking opportunities – as well as events aimed specifically at female engineers and those working in the renewables section, several Local Networks are hosting socials to find out more about how you can get involved.

There are also several courses on offer in March, covering topics such as commercial awareness, project management and specification writing. And finally, technical visits are planned for GKN Carbon Fibre, Tyhpoo’s tea factory and Bombardier Rail Works to name but a few, so be sure to book a place before they fill up!

You can take a look at the full listings, but below are a few of our highlights for the month…


01 March, Get involved with the IET Birmingham Network, Birmingham, social event

02 March, Introduction to bidding and tendering, London, course

04 March, Young Innovators Day, Nicosia, Exhibition

07 March, Young Professionals visit to the Romford Rail Operating Centre, Romford, visit

09 March, Typhoo Tea Factory, Wirral, visit

11 March, Robot Day and Robot Triathlon 2017, Derby, competition

11 March, Career and Professionalism Congress, Hung Hom, conference

15 March, Lifeskills – Back to basics with presenting, Cheltenham, workshop

21-22 March, Project management techniques, London, course

22 March, Lifeskills – Make an impact with your CV, Manchester, workshop

23 March, Commercial awareness for technical people, London, course

23 March, Women in engineering networking, Adelaide, social event

29 March, GKN Carbon Fibre, Bristol, visit

30 March, Specification writing, Bristol, course

Seven-planet extrasolar system discovered – an annotated infographic

February 24, 2017

We are not alone. Possibly.

Astronomers have discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star just 40 light-years away. At least three of them could harbour oceans of water, increasing the possibility they could host life.

This system has the largest number of Earth-sized planets yet found, making it a key object for future study.

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Solar eclipse in Southern Hemisphere – an annotated infographic

February 24, 2017

An annular eclipse of the sun takes place in the Southern Hemisphere on February 26, along a narrow path running through South America and Africa. In surrounding areas, people will see a partial eclipse.

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IET events this February – #engineering and technology dates for your diary

February 1, 2017



Although the UK may be facing a grey and wet start to February, the IET is giving you many reasons to don those waterproofs and get out and about this month.

Several events introducing the different levels of professional registration – and how to achieve them – are taking place across the country as well as a myriad of lectures on topics as varied as AI in gaming through to electrification in motorsport.

February sees the start of the regional UK heats for the international Present Around The World competition and there’s still time to enter, simply head to the official website to find out where your nearest competition is taking place. Plus there are also several interesting technical visits going ahead throughout the month, including a behind the scenes technical visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company and a chance to find out more about the Atlas experiment at CERN.

If you’re interested in meeting more like-minded people then why not head along to one of the social events the IET holds, such as a networking evening in Sheffield. Or if you’re after something a little more light-hearted, then check out Manchester’s golf and bowling nights out.

You can take a look at the full listings, but below are a few of our highlights for the month…


02 February, Electrification in motorsports, Coventry, seminar

02 February, Whatever next? The past, present and future of game AI, Colchester, lecture

07 February, South Yorkshire Local Network Social Evening, Sheffield, social event

08 February, Chiltern Railways Depot, Aylesbury, visit

08-09 February, Technical report writing, London, course

09 February, Backstage at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon, visit
15 February, Routes to registration, Birmingham, workshop

16 February, The next big thing – the Physical Internet, Swansea, lecture

18 February, The IET Plays a Round – bowling, Manchester, social event

21 February, Lifeskills: continuing professional development (CPD), Scunthorpe, lecture

22 February, The good researcher’s guide to publishing, London, seminar

22 February, The IET Annual Dinner, London, social event

23 February, Atlas experiment at CERN, Geneva, visit

28 February, Present Around The World – Swindon heat, Lyneham, competition

#Exploding #Samsung #GalaxyNote7 battery issue – new lithium-ion non-exploding solution – an annotated infographic

January 25, 2017

Scientists have developed a lithium-ion battery that contains a fire-extinguishing element which is released if the battery overheats.

This could be crucial for all manner of applications: not just exploding smartphones, but also electric vehicles.

E&T news recently covered Samsung’s official explanation of why the Galaxy Note 7 batteries had a tendency to explode.

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Self-extinguishing Li-ion battery

Self-extinguishing Li-ion battery

How #smartphones are transforming personal #healthcare – an annotated infographic

January 18, 2017


More than 1.2 million people living in London are to be offered medical diagnosis using Babylon – an “artificial intelligence” (AI) app which gives patients access to a virtual health service in their pocket.

Babylon’s AI doctor is just one of the powerful tools that have transformed smartphones into mobile medical clinics.

In 2016 the US Food and Drug Administration approved 36 smartphone apps and devices. Now, smartphones are being used to perform ultrasound scans, measure heart rhythm, blood pressure and glucose levels, and execute an array of lab tests from liver and kidney function to identifying communicable diseases and even analysing DNA sequences.

E&T magazine was at CES 2017 at the start of the year – read our report on the latest healthcare technology.

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